Statement by the Agham Youth
22 November 2010
Some signs of the times: students in the College of Science (CS) make it a point to not miss a single lecture or laboratory class, not to undertake the quixotic quest for academic excellence, but to avoid having to dish P4500.00 – P6000.00 worth of dropped units down the drain.
Sleepless nights and a complete disregard for baths are prices we are willing to pay just to beat the 2.0 GWA to maintain our DOST scholarships if we want to stay another semester in UP.
We are in for worse times when the need for the Science & Technology (S&T) community to no longer take this sitting down is greatest.
S&T CONTINUES TO BE ABANDONED
Indeed, even under the Aquino regime we continue to be in a time when the pursuit of higher education is shaped no longer by lofty ideals of formulating the next last theorem of Fermat, or finding the cure for cancer. The trend half a century ago continues today: Science & Technology education and development is still dictated by the (empty) pockets, and as such remains backward and lacking in government support.
Consider this: the proposed 2010 national budget is putting only about 0.16 percent of its GNP to S&T, a far cry from the UNESCO standard of 1 percent. This year’s budget for DOST is also getting a cut of P800 million from last year’s P5.7 billion.
The 2010 budget also threatens a P1.39 billion budget cut for the UP system – the largest in the entire history of our university. The CS community, then, is faced with the prospect of being abandoned by the state, not once, but twice.
Budget problems are historically never resolved by reducing subsidy to social services. If only the budget secretary would sit in one of our STS classes, where it is pointed out that the key to economic development lies in the reallocation of unnecessary expenses such as debt servicing and military to the ingredients of industrialization: agriculture, social services, and S&T development.
STRIKE FOR OUR S&T’S FUTURE!
No less than our college’s dean Cesar Saloma has taken a stand against the impending budget cut, and we must take this as a cue. It is time for CS to unite with the entire UP community to concretely take action against this affront to our constitutional right to quality and accessible education.
It is time to invest some of those 6 maximum absences. It is time to tell your friends, classmates, labmates, and even professors: we will send a clear message to the UP administration and the Aquino regime that we are committed to take drastic measures in defending UP. We must Strike while the iron is hot!
OPPOSE THE P1.39 BILLION BUDGET CUT IN UP!
FIGHT FOR GREATER STATE SUBSIDY ON S&T EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT!
NO CLASSES: UP GOES ON STRIKE ON NOVEMBER 25!
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